The other day, a book on my nightstand caught my eye. It was Ernest Hemingway’s memoir “A Moveable Feast.” The photo of clean-shaven, twenty-something Hemingway sent a chill through me that day. Something about his eyes…so sad. A man who achieved one of the ultimate goals for writers – creating timeless classics – still died by his own hand.
Why do I bring this up?
Well, here I am chasing dreams like earning money from writing and traditionally publishing a book. When his eyes locked onto mine, I saw it. The void. Hemingway spent all his life trying to fill the void in his heart with his words.
Recently, I’ve allowed myself to do the same. It’s so much easier to wake up and write emails or book revisions than to spend time in God’s word. When did I last pause before work and surrender that day’s efforts to God through prayer?
These are the things I pondered as I stared at that book.
So, I decided to cut back on the writing rat race and reinstall God and His Word in their proper place. After all, He is the only one who can fill the void. What I’m doing has the potential to glorify Him in many ways. It MUST be bathed in prayer and rooted in the Word.
So, even though I’m conducting my writing business and will still educate you on the ins and outs of freelancing, I’ve realigned some priorities. The natural byproduct will likely be less income.
And that’s totally fine.
Between the two, I’d rather be pursuing God’s will than the almighty dollar. Sometimes, I need to remind myself of that.
Now, on that note, we’ll still take a look at how business has gone for me this summer. Like I said, I still
want to educate you on the freelance side of things. Oh, what a wonderful and weary learning experience it has been.
To God be praised.
My June Freelance Writing Income Report – How I Earned $1,466.14
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Two years ago, I earned a penny a word and couldn’t imagine actually making decent money writing. Turns out, I was missing a few key lessons in my education. After taking a training course called “30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success,” my entire writing career changed.
You know when scrawny, asthmatic Steve Rogers steps into the scientist’s vessel and emerges as tall, muscular Captain America?
It felt a bit like that…just slower.
Want to know how I got started? Check out how I found paid writing gigs in this post “Freelance Writing for Beginners” here.
What I was able to do and the people I was able to reach with my words changed exponentially. Therefore, my business and income grew. Two years later, I earn more than $1,000 each month working 15 hours or less and tending to my little ones the rest of the time.
Let’s review what led to last month’s income report:
Total June Income: $1,466.14
The only way I earn as much as I do each month is by having multiple income streams. At first, I only made money writing. Since then, I’ve earned money from:
- Ghost writing
- Copy editing
- Social media management
- Graphic design
- Affiliate marketing
- Products (my eBook)
Let’s take a look at the specific income streams I used last month:
Writing – $1,300
Most of my writing happens with two regular clients. As I mentioned at the beginning, I’ll be lightening my schedule to make room for things that directly tie into my goals. Here are the four biggies:
- More quiet time for devotions and prayer
- Launching my free course “5 Days to a Better Pitch”
- Launching my new Facebook group “Christian Moms Who Write”
- Finishing my book proposal
Affiliate Marketing/Products – $70
I launched my eBook “The Stay-at-Home Mom Blueprint” in May and now continue to sell copies straight from my website. I also have a team of affiliate partners who help me promote the book in exchange for a 50 percent commission for every copy they sell.
That has been such a highlight for me – partnering up with friends and colleagues and paying them for the work they put into promoting my message.
If you’re interested in joining my team, then follow this link. Be sure to send me a message at l
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Part of June’s earnings come from my joining the Contena affiliate team last month. If you haven’t tried it, Contena is one of the most extensive freelance writing job sites on the Web. When you join, you get access to hundreds of paid opportunities listed daily by niche and pay scale. You also receive daily emails with new writing opportunities directly in your inbox.
Social Media Management – $96.14
Several months ago, one of my clients acquired a Facebook community and hired me to be its primary admin. I spend each week posting discussion threads and interacting with its 500+ members. If I ever take my business full-time, social media management is definitely an area in which I’d enjoy working more.
Total June Expenses – $691.19
My business expenses include things like child care, PayPal fees, education, software, outsourcing, and affiliate payouts.
What’s Next for My Business?
I’m SO excited about the months ahead. Launching my brand new course “5 Days to a Better Pitch” will launch in the next week.My Facebook group “Christian Moms Who Write” goes live on August 1st. If you’d like to stay up-to-date on all of these developments, make sure you follow me on Facebook. I’ll announce these two projects on there first!
Now it’s your turn. What are some of the income streams you’ve pursued (or would like to) in your writing business? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
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